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Paul Outerbridge was an American photographer prominent for his early use and experiments in color photography.
Outerbridge enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1917 where he produced his first photographic work. In 1921, Outerbridge enrolled in the Clarence H. White school of photography at Columbia University. Within a year his work began being published in Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines.
In 1925, the Royal Photographic Society in London invited Outerbridge to exhibit in a one-man show. Outerbridge then traveled to Paris and became friends with the artists and photographers Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, and Berenice Abbott. In Paris he produced a layout for the French Vogue magazine, met and worked with Edward Steichen, and built the largest, most completely equipped advertising photography studio of the time.
Outerbridge became known for the high quality of his color illustrations, made by an extremely complex tri-color carbro process. His vivid color nude studies were too indecent under contemporary standards to find general public acceptance.A scandal over his erotic photography led to Outerbridge retiring as a commercial photographer and moving to Hollywood in 1943 although continueing to contribute photo stories to magazines and write his monthly column..
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